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Volkswagen California (T6) ... another VW that doesn't come to Australia.

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23rd August, 2015

Continuing a camper van tradition which spans more than 60 years, the Volkswagen California is the only vehicle in its class to be designed, engineered and built in-house by a car maker.

Europe's new T6 version of the California is available in two trim levels – Beach and Ocean – and with a choice of three 2.0-litre engines ranging in power from 102 to 204 PS. All are EU6 compliant and feature BlueMotion Technology modifications to give fuel consumption and emissions figures which have been lowered by up to 15 per cent. A 4MOTION four-wheel drive version is also offered in conjunction with the 150 PS or range-topping 204 PS powerplant.

California Beach

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Entry to the California range starts with the Beach model which offers up to seven seats and sleeping space for four. The bench-seat easily folds to convert to a two-berth bed across the width of the vehicle, while a manual pop-up roof gives access to a further double bed. A fold-out table and chairs are cleverly stored in the sliding door and tailgate, while an integrated awning makes for a comfortable and practical camping experience.

The Beach is available with a 2.0-litre 102 PS TDI engine with a five-speed manual gearbox, and a 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmission.

California Ocean

The California Ocean replaces the SE model from the previous generation. Buyers can choose from two engines with either 150 or 204 PS and six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes. The 4MOTION four-wheel drive variants mean that the ‘home away from home’ can go further and wider afield.

The Ocean also adds an electro-hydraulic pop-up roof with lighting, plus a kitchenette with two rings, a fridge and sink.

Safety and Convenience

The new generation California adds a host of safety, comfort and convenience features. These include a Driver Alert System, Brake Assist and an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, as well as the option to add innovations such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and City Emergency Braking for safer and more relaxed cruising.

About the Volkswagen California

Since its launch in 1988, some 22,000 examples of the first T3 California models were produced. The T4 version recorded 39,000 sales. More than 50,000 examples of the outgoing T5 version have been sold to date. Production of the new T6 model will continue at Volkswagen’s assembly facility in Hanover, Germany.



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